Pot Roast Dinner. This is a recipe for good old fashioned Sunday Pot Roast Dinner. A beef roast is seared and then oven roasted in a Dutch Oven or Roasting Pan. This easy pot roast recipe is pure and honest comfort food at its best.
Pot Roast Dinner History
When we talk about the comfort food we love as adults, the conversation most always turns to the things we loved as a child.
Every Sunday before church, my mom would put a pot roast in the oven to slow roast. When we’d return home, the house smelled so wonderful, so savory, so homey, and so comforting. Why not make your favorite meal from your childhood today. It will make you smile.
By noon, we’d be at the dining room table and enjoying our traditional Sunday Pot Roast Dinner. And all of it slathered in beef gravy.
Here’s my mom’s version of this slow roasted meal.
How to Make Pot Roast With Vegetables
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- The cut of beef was usually what was on sale that week. And most of the time it was the seven bone variety or a nice big chunk of meat labeled pot roast.
- She’d sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper and then a good douse of flour.
- She’d sear the meat until brown on both sides, and then put it into the same inexpensive metal speckled oval roaster that she’d had forever.
- With the roaster uncovered, she’d cook the meat on the high temp for 20 minutes.
- She’d then remove roast and reduce the heat to 300 degrees.
- Layer in big chunks of potato, celery, onion and carrots. Ever so gently salt and pepper as you layer.
- Pour one cup of water over the vegetables, cover the roast and cook two – three torturous hours. I say torturous because the aromas will soon fill the air and those hunger pangs will go wild. The cook time will depend on the size of the roast. It’s done when it’s easily pulls apart.
Move the roast to a serving platter and spoon vegetables around. Tent with foil and let rest while you make the gravy.
How to Make Roast Beef Gravy
- Roast Beef gravy is so easy.
- In a container that you can seal and shake the heck out of, add 1/2 cup water and two tablespoons of flour.
- Move the Dutch oven with the drippings to the stove top.
- Bring it to a simmer. Add about two cups of water or beef broth.
- Add the flour and water mixture and simmer until thickened. You may need to shake up another batch of flour and water if gravy doesn’t thicken to your liking.
- There are usually a few chunks of potatoes and carrots stuck to the bottom and sides of the Dutch oven, make sure and smash those into the gravy. If none are stuck I’ll go get a couple of pieces from the platter and coarsely smash into the gravy.
Most often she’d serve this with Kansas Green Beans. What a great comfort food meal.
After moving to Denver, every trip home, we’d call mom to let her know we were about an hour away from arrival. I’d always ask, what’s for supper? Even though it wasn’t Sunday, the answer was always “Roast Beef”. She knew it was our favorite and it was a perfect end to a long road trip.
Pot Roast Dinner Recipe
I hope you give this old fashioned roast beef with gravy recipe a try, and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating. And leave a comment about your experience with the recipe.
And if you have a favorite pot roast dinner recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Roast Beef Dinner Recipes
- Peppery Beef Rib Roast
- Chile Rubbed Braised Beef Tacos
- Mexican Pot Roast
- Cooking A Four Rib Prime Rib Roast
And if you’re looking for more beef dinner recipes, don’t miss my Beef Category. You’ll find a ton of terrific recipes.
Good Old Fashioned Sunday Pot Roast Dinner. Compete with carrots and potatoes and pot roast gravy.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2-3 pounds Beef Chuck Roast
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup water or beef broth
- 8 carrots washed, peeled, cut into large chunks
- 5 medium potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Sprinkle the chuck roast with salt and pepper and dust with flour
Heat a Dutch oven over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the roast.
Brown the roast on two sides. About 3 minutes per side.
Add the water or broth to the Dutch Oven.
Cover and place roast in the oven.
In a container that you can seal and shake the heck out of, add 1/2 cup water and two tablespoons of flour.
After 1 1/2 hours add the potatoes and carrots around the roast. Cover and let cook an additional 1 1/2 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
Move the Dutch oven with the drippings to the stove top. Bring it to a simmer. Add about two cups of water or beef broth. Add the flour and water mixture and simmer until thickened. You may need to shake up another batch of flour and water if gravy doesn't thicken to your liking. There are usually a few chunks of potatoes and carrots stuck to the bottom and sides of the Dutch oven, make sure and smash those into the gravy. If none are stuck I'll go get a couple of pieces from the platter and coarsely smash into the gravy.
To serve, simply transfer roast to a serving platter and arrange vegetables around the roast. Serve the gravy in a gravy boat on the side.
You can also add celery and onions to the roast. Add them 1 1/2 hours into the cooking time.
What was on your Sunday dinner table?
Roast Beef with Gravy …It’s What’s For Sunday Dinner.